Today, at two parallel press events in London and New York, HTC announced its new flagship smartphone, the new HTC One - formerly known as the HTC M7. Crafted with a distinct zero-gap aluminum unibody, the new HTC One introduces several new HTC technologies and services, namely HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound as well as HTC Sense 5. Running on Android 4.1, the One is powered by a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU at 1.7 GHz, the HTC One supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA and triband LTE at 800/1800/2600 MHz. Also on board are NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX and WiFi a/ac/b/g/n. The One comes in two version, one with 32 GB and one with 64 GB (carrier and country dependent) but both versions feature 2 GB of DDR2 RAM.
The Super-LCD 3 Full HD touchscreen measures 4.7" and has 468 PPI. Not talking about megapixel, the HTC One actually comes with a Ultrapixel HD camera which has, as a matter of fact 4 megpaixel "only". However, these 4 megapixel translate into an BSI sensor with a pixel size of 2.0 μm and a 1/3' sensor size. All this comes with a dedicated HTC ImageChip 2, F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens, optical image stabilization (OIS), smart flash with five levels of flash which is automatically set by distance to subject, front camera 88 wide angle lens with HDR capability, 1080p full HD video recording for both front and back cameras, HDR Video, continuous shooting and VideoPic, slow motion video recording with variable speed playback and HTC Zoe with highlights and HTC Zoe Share.
The HTC One comes with an embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery with 2300 mAh and measures 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm at a weight of 143 g.
Software-wise, the One comes with a lot of enhancements and features, for instance HTC BlinkFeed which is a kind of additional home screen. It's a personal live stream that transforms the home screen into a single live stream of personally relevant information such as social updates, entertainment and lifestyle updates, news and photos with immersive images so that people no longer need to go to separate applications to find out what's happening. HTC BlinkFeed aggregates the freshest content from the most relevant and interesting sources, giving it to people at a glance, all in one place, without the need to jump between multiple applications and web sites.
To enable this new dynamic approach to the smartphone, HTC will provide both local and global content from more than 1,400 media sources with more than 10,000 articles per day from some of the most innovative media companies, such as the AOL family of media properties, ESPN, MTV, Vice Media, CoolHunting, Reuters and many others.
HTC Zoe gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets. These "Zoes", photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories. It also automatically creates integrated highlight films from each event comprised of Zoes, photos and videos set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects. These highlight videos can be remixed or set to different themes, and can be easily shared on social networks, email and other services. To enable this innovative camera experience, HTC developed a custom camera that includes a best-in-class f/2.0 aperture lens and a breakthrough sensor with UltraPixels that gather 300 percent more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors. This new approach also delivers astounding low-light performance and a variety of other improvements to photos and videos. In addition, the perfect self-portrait or video is just a tap away with an ultra-wide angle front-facing camera which supports 1080p video capture. Multi-axis optical image stabilization for both the front and rear cameras also helps ensure video footage smoother whether stationary or on the move. HTC UltraPixel camera adds many other features and effects such as enhanced 360° panorama, time sequencing and object removal.
The new HTC One offers the best audio experience of any mobile phone available today. HTC BoomSound introduces for the first time on a phone, front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier and an amazing full HD display that immerses people in music, videos, games and the YouTube clips they love. Beats Audio integration is enabled across the entire experience for rich, authentic sound whether you're listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube video or playing a game.
HDR recording uses advanced dual microphones and audio processing to capture clean, rich sound that is worthy of high-definition video footage. Phone calls sound great on HTC One thanks to the addition of HTC Sense Voice, which boosts the call volume and quality in noisy environments so that conversations come through loud and clear.
Last but not least, the HTC One will bring back the good old consumer IrDA port which will uses HTC Sense TV. This transforms the new HTC One into an interactive program guide and remote control for most TVs, set-top boxes and receivers. Tapping the power of the cloud, Sense TV makes it simple and intuitive to see what's on and find that favorite show.
Wrapped in a zero-gap aluminum unibody, the HTC One will be available in stunning silver and beautiful black, and the sleek and crafted device sits comfortably in the hand and showcases HTC's unique antenna technology, which helps people achieve a crystal clear signal.
The new HTC One will be available globally through more than 185 mobile operators and major retailers in more than 80 regions and countries beginning in March.
Cheers ~ Arne